(Fox News) — This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” According to the Wall Street Journal, “novelists, moviemakers and scholars are releasing a flood of new homages to cash in on the bottomless appetite for all things Austen.” This same appetite is no doubt the reason for “Downton Abbey’s” continued success. Women, in particular, inhale romance—especially when it results in a wedding.

That’s because women are born to bond. Literally.

The female body is steeped in oxytocin and estrogen, two chemicals that together produce an environment ripe for attachment. Oxytocin is known as the female reproductive hormone. It gets released whenever a woman has intimate contact with a man.

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